School students have played a big role in a long-standing project to improve and rehabilitate areas of Buninyong's Union Jack Creek.
Year 9 and Year 10 Mount Clear College students studying outdoor education worked with Leigh Catchment Group to plant and maintain an area by the creek over the past two weeks.
The students added to many years worth of planting at the site and removed guards from established plants.
Leigh Catchment Group environmental projects officer Bianca Fammartino said the students assisted in continuing to improve the successful rehabilitated section of the creek.
"Without these volunteer groups, we wouldn't be able to do a lot of these projects and get the planting done in season," she said.
"It is good to get the students out and involved in volunteering and land care."
The Union Jack Creek restoration project dates back to 2009 when Landcare groups and Leigh Catchment Authority began work to remove gorse from the area around Macs Road and Somerville Road.
The restoration project has continued since, with involvement from community groups and schools.
Ms Fammartino said the area was now a fantastic wildlife corridor and a lovely place for residents to walk, compared to its previous state full of gorse.
"The Landcare groups and ourselves have continued planting out sections and trying to get funding for plants to do the restoration and planting every year," she said.
"We are wanting to encourage wildlife to use it as a corridor, between the different forested sites and the river itself so that animals can get down to the river protected.
"Before it was flooded with gorse, it wasn't much use. There was no access to the creek. It is good to be able to restore it back to how it should be.
"We are thankful to school groups and communities that are involved in volunteering their time to help with restoration projects like this."
Maintenance and revegetation work at the site will continue every year.